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You asked for it (well, maybe) and now you've got it: The very first photo of Paul Ryan shirtless has been revealed, and let's just say the GOP V.P. candidate is more cut than Medicare and Social Security will be if he's elected in November.

Okay, not really … he looks good, but not absolutely ripped.

Paul Ryan Shirtless

Mitt Romney's running mate is seen here in a photo posted on TMZ, taken around six years ago, right before Ryan supposedly got hooked on the P90X workout.

The woman on the left is Paul's wife Janna Ryan.

He looks terrific, no doubt, but perhaps not quite at the level of a fitness fanatic whose alleged six-pack made Paul Ryan shirtless photos a trending online topic.

Onto the real questions facing us this fall:

Paul Ryan: Good choice for Republican VP?

 

Who's your pick in November?

 

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Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan has cited Rage Against the Machine as one of his favorite bands in a number of interviews.

According to band member Tom Morello, the admiration is far from mutual.

In a blistering Rolling Stone op-ed, Morello absolutely BLASTS Mitt Romney's VP pick as "the embodiment of the machine our music rages against."

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Morello compares Ryan's appreciation of RATM to N.J. Gov. Chris Christie's liking for Bruce Springsteen ... or Charles Manson's love for The Beatles.

Painting him as "antithetical" to progress, Morello lambasts the Congressman's "guiding vision of shifting revenue more radically to the one percent."

He goes on to observe that Paul Ryan has plenty of "rage," but claims it's "A rage against women, a rage against immigrants, a rage against workers, a rage against gays, a rage against the poor, a rage against the environment."

Ouch.

The Grammy-winning guitarist has a history of outspoken activism, but he's far from alone in wanting to separate his music from the GOP ticket.

Wednesday, Silversun Pickups tore into Mitt Romney for playing their hit "Panic Switch" at an event ... and joked that the title symbolizes his campaign.

Sorry, Mitt and Paul. There's always Ted Nugent and Dave Mustaine.

Presidential election 2012:

 

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Dave Mustaine's claim that President Obama is responsible for the Aurora, Colo., shooting tragedy last month are ridiculous, says victim Carli Richards.

Richards, one of the 70 people who was shot in the theater that night (and one of the 58 to survive it), hit back at Mustaine's conspiracy theory today.

After hearing that Mustaine said Obama staged the Aurora shooting to push an anti-gun agenda, Richards said the rocker likely just wants attention:

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"Some people think the President is a good scapegoat but he didn't shoot me," she said.

"It’s obviously absurd and people who make up conspiracies just want attention."

"Everybody is emotional at this time and needs to blame somebody I guess."

"I don’t think they realize the consequences of not being responsible for your own actions and James Holmes needs to be held accountable for his, to whatever extent the criminal justice system deems fit."

Speaking of the actual person responsible, Richards, 22, previously said she'd like Holmes to die a slow, painful death, as lethal injection is too humane.

What do you think: Death penalty for Holmes?

 

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One of the political world's favorite rumors received fresh legs after both Sarah Palin and John McCain openly encouraged President Barack Obama to drop V.P. Joe Biden from the Democratic ticket in favor of Hillary Clinton.

McCain and Palin, the Republican 2008 ticket, both brought it up this week after Biden's controversial speech in Danville, Va., during which he told a crowd that a Mitt Romney presidency would "put y'all back in chains."

McCain, Palin, Obama

Although he predicted it would not happen, McCain said it would be wise for Obama to take the Vice President off the ticket and replace him with Clinton.

"I think it might be wise to do that but it's not going to happen obviously, for a whole variety of reasons," McCain said in an interview on Fox News.

"I'm not sure if I were [Clinton] I would want [that] ... I think her ambitions frankly are for 2016 and I'm not sure that would enhance that likelihood."

McCain's former running mate Palin has called openly for a Biden-Clinton swap, though she hopes it won't happen, as it would help Democrats win.

Of the "chains" quote controversy, McCain said Biden "continues to say things that are unacceptable in American politics," and "crossed the line" this time.

"Yet he seems to get away with it because it's always sort of a joke," McCain said.

The Biden-Clinton rumor surfaced earlier this year with Obama struggling mightily in polls and some suggesting it would reinvigorate his reelection bid.

What do you think? Should Obama drop Biden for Clinton?

 

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Republican candidates. Will they ever learn?

The band Silversun Pickups wants Mitt Romney to quit using their song "Panic Switch" at events, firing off a cease and desist letter to make sure he does.

According to frontman Brian Aubert, Romney has been using their 2009 single (below) without asking for permission ... not that he would've received it:

Mitt Romney at the Olympics

"We don't like people going behind our backs, using our music without asking, and we don't like the Romney campaign. We're nice, approachable people."

"We won't bite. Unless you're Mitt Romney!"

Aubert also notes that the candidate's illegal use of the song is ironic, because "he is inadvertently playing a song that describes his whole campaign."

The letter notes that in 2008, GOP nominee John McCain was sued by Jackson Browne for using his hit song "Running on Empty" without permission.

That was just one of many such examples, so many in fact that the GOP promised to "respect and uphold the rights of artists and to obtain permissions."

Don't hold your breath there. Perhaps Romney and Paul Ryan should rely on a steady diet of Toby Keith, Ted Nugent and Dave Mustaine from now on.

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Megadeth frontman Dave Mustaine says President Barack Obama somehow "staged" the recent Colorado shooting as part of a conspiracy to ban guns. Seriously.

In comments that may put even Ted Nugent to shame, Dave suggested that Obama was behind the massacre perpetrated by James Holmes ... and a lot more.

At a Tuesday, August 7 performance in Singapore, Mustaine told the crowd, "Back in my country, my president ... he's trying to pass a gun ban."

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"So he's staging all of these murders, like the 'Fast And Furious' thing down at the border ... Aurora, Colorado, all the people that were killed there ... and the beautiful people at the [Wisconsin Sikh temple]."

The rocker continued, "I don't know where I'm gonna live if America keeps going the way it's going because it looks like it's turning into Nazi America."

One major hole in Mustaine's "theory" (besides basic facts): Obama has not made any push for gun control in the wake of these tragedies.

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Kelsey Grammer, the star of Boss on Starz, suggested last night that he may have been snubbed by the Emmys because of his Republican leanings.

Grammer's role as a ruthless Chicago mayor won him a Golden Globe, yet he isn't even among the 2012 Emmy nominees, which Jay Leno was puzzled by.

The Tonight Show host asked Grammer why that was. His response:

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“It may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think it’s possible… I mean, I am a… I’m a declared out of the closet Republican in Hollywood."

“Do I believe it’s possible that some young person, young voting actor - or even older voting member for the Emmys - would sit there and go ..."

"‘Yeah, that’s a great performance, but ooooooooooooh, I just hate everything he stands for?’ [Cue sarcasm.] I don’t believe that’s possible.”

Grammer has won Emmys for Cheers, Frazier, and even The Simpsons, but he claims he only publicized his political views after his last win (2006).

The rebuttal to Grammer’s comment is that no matter how good he is on Boss, it's on Starz, and only has around 300,000 viewers per episode.

It’s possible liberal voters don’t care for his politics, but how many even know that about him, let alone care? Enough to cost him an Emmy nod?

Also, if any voters snubbed Kelsey for personal reasons (a big if), wouldn't his ugly, public split with Camille Grammer be a more likely reason?

You be the judge: Think Kelsey is snubbed because of his views?

 

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An excerpt of an interview with Hillary Clinton in Kyrgyzstan is generating major buzz over her response to a moderator's question about  - what else - her fashion sense.

Here's the transcript of the exchange ...

    MODERATOR 1: OK. Which designers do you prefer?
    CLINTON: What designers of clothes?
    MODERATOR 1: Yes.
    CLINTON: Would you ever ask a man that question? (Laughter.) (Applause.)
    MODERATOR 1: Probably not. Probably not. (Applause.)

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Owned. The exchange, posted on Tuesday by Boston Review, has been shared thousands of times online, even though it actually took place back in 2010.

Clinton's awesome response has garnered widespread praise among women, though to be fair, 99 percent of the town hall-style interview was focused on the ever-turbulent global political and socioeconomic climate, foreign and domestic policy.

Nevertheless, we wouldn't recommend asking such trivial questions, future moderators. Have you seen the texts from Hillary Clinton? She runs the world.

Chelsea Clinton in Vogue? More topical, but probably still out of bounds.

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Chelsea Clinton is featured in the new issue of Vogue magazine.

In it, she muses that like her famous parents - Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton - she may seek office too one day.

"Before my mom's campaign I would have said no," Chelsea said.

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However, "If there were to be a point where it was something I felt called to do and I didn't think there was someone who was sufficiently committed to building a healthier, more equitable, more just, more productive world?"

"Then that would be a question I'd have to ask and answer."

Clinton, 32, who married investment banker Marc Mezvinsky in 2010, said her celebrity is "something I could continue to ignore or it was something I could try to use to highlight causes that I really cared about," she told Vogue.

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With V.P. nominee Paul Ryan energizing the Republican base and Joe Biden trying to rile up ... well, everybody, President Obama campaigned for reelection at the Iowa State Fair yesterday, making his case to voters the old-fashioned way:

Giving away free beers at the Budweiser tent.

President Obama in Iowa

Barack actually yelled to the crowd, "Hey, everybody who's over 21, you gotta buy a beer!" Obama then bought 12 - two for himself, 10 for people in line behind him.

Obama's appearance was a poorly-kept secret, drawing thousands of fans, and creating security nightmares at the Hawkeye State's popular annual event.

But come on, a free beer from the Prez? Totally worth it.

Watch a couple of videos of his visit after the jump ...

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